South Africa’s foreign policy under Ramaphosa emphasises economic diplomacy and ‘progressive internationalism’, which promotes global equity and ending the dominance of the global north.
The ANC has been using multiple tactics to fend off the looming calamity of not having Ramaphosa as its president, and that of the country, in the clear absence of a credible candidate to replace him.
The ANC retains its determination to rule yet lacks the capacity to do so effectively. The only way out of the dilemma is its defeat in an election.
Ramaphosa currently has no known rivals with widespread support within the African National Congress.
This history covers twelve decades, from the surrender of Boer guerrillas in the Second Anglo-Boer War in 1902 to the July 2021 looting spree and violence.
The increased and diverse number of contestants shows a citizenry that is unwilling to leave its fate in the hands of ineffective incumbents.
Ramaphosa is set to go down in the annals of history as an ANC president who presided over a tumultuous epoch in the party’s evolution.
Ramaphosa is constrained by his tenuous control over South Africa’s governing party, the ANC.
The most that may be hoped for from the party’s annual statement is evidence of a president who is confident, clear and courageous.
A major concern is that the government’s resolve is strongest on policies that are actually quite suspect.
Election to the Security Council is prestigious for member states because it gives them a seat at the highest table of global decision-making.
The Cabinet signals to the Zuma faction that the Ramaphosa group believes their star is waning and that they are not strong enough to turn the tide.
Ramaphosa couldn’t appoint people with a cloud over their heads, especially given his stated commitment to a clean and effective government.
Indications are that even an ANC victory at the polls is unlikely to reverse the party’s decline in popular support.
The vision set out by Cyril Ramaphosa has the seeds for galvanising South Africans to get back on the right path. But it urgently needs a plan to make it happen.
Unrealistic expectations about what commissions can achieve comes from the fact that they’re often confused with courts of law.
The axing of the prosecutions head follows sweeping changes to other king positions in the security cluster by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court judgment shows concern that the independence of the country’s prosecuting authority has been compromised.